elle_croft

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    elle_croft reacted to Maycat in why is stevia not allowed since it does not cause insulin spikes   
    Woodchip, great question. In my experience, after you have completed a few days on your whole30 without sugar, your preferences start to change and you find that you don't need the sugar. After a whole30 I wanted a cold coffee drink and had a toddy iced coffee (which has low acidity) with coconut milk. I couldn't believe how sweet it tasted with no sugar.
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Kirsteen in What does "some fruit" and "nuts sparingly" mean to you?   
    I'm on day 4 and relying a bit more on nuts than I'd like to - but at this stage I'm trying to just get through the sugar cravings and hunger without cheating. I think by about day 10 when (hopefully) I'm feeling more sated I'll try to cut down. Today, for example, I had a handful of almonds and a handful of blackberries as part of my breakfast - I don't plan to have any more fruit or nuts but if I get to the point where I either reach for a banana or a bar of chocolate, I'll choose the banana.
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Xandra in Chipotle?   
    I live in the UK where we don't have Chipotle. We do have other Mexican chain restaurants though and today (day 5) I went for a naked burrito for lunch - I checked the descriptions on their site beforehand and everything sounded clean and fresh - so I had peppers & onions, chicken, pico de gallo, guacamole and lettuce with a squeeze of lime. I ate it and felt awful - a headache and my stomach was so unsettled. No idea what hidden nasty was in there but I know not to go back. Sad. I loved their burritos.
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Tom Denham in Eggless options?   
    Hey! I feel your pain. Not only do I hate eggs (as much as you!) but I also can't stomach meat in the mornings; it just makes me want to be sick. I have come up with my own version of breakfast, which is probably not 'ideal' - Moderators might have something to say about it ;-) but it's the only way I have managed to eat a compliant breakfast. Basically, I make a pumpkin souffle (4 eggs, which you can't taste, 1/2 can coconut milk, some spices and pureed butternut squash and sweet potato) - I bake this for 20 mins and have a slice each morning when I wake up with some coconut flakes on top. Then, when I get to work, if I can stomach it, I'll have a couple of slices of bacon.
    I do get hungry more than if I ate a more W30 compliant meal, but at least breakfast is no longer an ordeal.
    If you can stomach meat, then you could do some sauteed meat & veg - there are lots of good recipes out there that don't include egg.
    Good luck!
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Tom Denham in Eggless options?   
    Hey! I feel your pain. Not only do I hate eggs (as much as you!) but I also can't stomach meat in the mornings; it just makes me want to be sick. I have come up with my own version of breakfast, which is probably not 'ideal' - Moderators might have something to say about it ;-) but it's the only way I have managed to eat a compliant breakfast. Basically, I make a pumpkin souffle (4 eggs, which you can't taste, 1/2 can coconut milk, some spices and pureed butternut squash and sweet potato) - I bake this for 20 mins and have a slice each morning when I wake up with some coconut flakes on top. Then, when I get to work, if I can stomach it, I'll have a couple of slices of bacon.
    I do get hungry more than if I ate a more W30 compliant meal, but at least breakfast is no longer an ordeal.
    If you can stomach meat, then you could do some sauteed meat & veg - there are lots of good recipes out there that don't include egg.
    Good luck!
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    elle_croft reacted to Tom Denham in First forum post: Not seeing or feeling results   
    Hang in there. It is a 30 day program. Many people don't have results at day 9.
    If you are not feeling some magic by day 21, check back, but include a report of what you are actually eating. Sometimes people need to change what they are eating because all technically compliant foods are not created equal.
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    elle_croft reacted to Kirsteen in Lara bar and their equivalent UK version (Nakd bars)   
    Hi Elle, I've no idea, it's way outside my knowledge but you might be better off posting this in the W30 for athletes section. I think there were a few posts from long distance cyclists about how they managed.
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Tom Denham in Eggless options?   
    Hey! I feel your pain. Not only do I hate eggs (as much as you!) but I also can't stomach meat in the mornings; it just makes me want to be sick. I have come up with my own version of breakfast, which is probably not 'ideal' - Moderators might have something to say about it ;-) but it's the only way I have managed to eat a compliant breakfast. Basically, I make a pumpkin souffle (4 eggs, which you can't taste, 1/2 can coconut milk, some spices and pureed butternut squash and sweet potato) - I bake this for 20 mins and have a slice each morning when I wake up with some coconut flakes on top. Then, when I get to work, if I can stomach it, I'll have a couple of slices of bacon.
    I do get hungry more than if I ate a more W30 compliant meal, but at least breakfast is no longer an ordeal.
    If you can stomach meat, then you could do some sauteed meat & veg - there are lots of good recipes out there that don't include egg.
    Good luck!
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    elle_croft reacted to Kim Christensen in MAYO!!!!!!   
    Stick blender.I use a wide mouth pint jar. Egg in bottom, them vinegar, salt, etc. then oil. Let sit a minute to separate. Put stick blender in and pulse. Tiny pulses. Pulse. Pulse. Never breaks. Always works. I dont do room temp. My kids make it without problems. It takes maybe two minutes tops.
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    elle_croft reacted to Laura B in Thoughts on bananas   
    I love bananas and save them for more random instances, like when I need a snack and it's pretty much my only option at a gas station!
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    elle_croft reacted to cnagel33 in Just Finished My First 30!   
    My husband and I just finished our first ever Whole 30. It was suggested by a friend of mine, I read It Starts With Food and we "just did it." We did our weigh in yesterday, I was down 16 pounds and my husband 20 pounds. We are feeling great and are motivated to keep going. Definitely had some ups and downs, but the past 10 days have been great, with better sleep and more energy. So, for those of you in the beginning or middle of your 30, hang in there and keep going....it's worth it!
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    elle_croft reacted to MelliebuStacey in HELP! Other Breakfast Ideas - non-eggs   
    If you're on a Whole30, it is important to get used to having Meal 1. Not eating in the morning is a bad idea, and goes against the plan!
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    elle_croft reacted to kassc in Anyone starting Monday the 15th?   
    Definitely feeling better today (Day 5). More alive and energetic. My stomach is a lot flatter after the terrible bloating on Day 3!
    Hope everybody is doing ok x
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Kirsteen in What does "some fruit" and "nuts sparingly" mean to you?   
    I'm on day 4 and relying a bit more on nuts than I'd like to - but at this stage I'm trying to just get through the sugar cravings and hunger without cheating. I think by about day 10 when (hopefully) I'm feeling more sated I'll try to cut down. Today, for example, I had a handful of almonds and a handful of blackberries as part of my breakfast - I don't plan to have any more fruit or nuts but if I get to the point where I either reach for a banana or a bar of chocolate, I'll choose the banana.
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Kirsteen in What does "some fruit" and "nuts sparingly" mean to you?   
    I'm on day 4 and relying a bit more on nuts than I'd like to - but at this stage I'm trying to just get through the sugar cravings and hunger without cheating. I think by about day 10 when (hopefully) I'm feeling more sated I'll try to cut down. Today, for example, I had a handful of almonds and a handful of blackberries as part of my breakfast - I don't plan to have any more fruit or nuts but if I get to the point where I either reach for a banana or a bar of chocolate, I'll choose the banana.
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    elle_croft got a reaction from pjena in Jen's W30 Log - April 1   
    Yes! I need to remember this too. I know I am eating enough but I still feel hungry. I think I just need to ignore it for a while :-)
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    elle_croft reacted to MelliebuStacey in Mushroom recipes?   
    Mushrooms are good with parctically any and everything imho
    Slice 'em up, add to a scramble with a hearty handful of spinach and sliced red onion. Mmmmm.
    Or, add them to a hot pan with coconut oil, lots of minced fresh garlic, half of a large yellow onion and salt and pepper, sautee to your liking, serve on top of a steak/chicken breast/pork chop....
    mmmmm, now I want mushrooms
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    elle_croft reacted to Tom Denham in What does "some fruit" and "nuts sparingly" mean to you?   
    Some fruit means that you might have one serving of fruit per meal once or twice per day. Vegetables are always prioritized over fruit, so eating no fruit is a good thing. You should not eat more than two servings of fruit per day because that would involve eating fewer veggies than you should. I go weeks at a time without eating any fruit, but have eaten four champagne mangoes over the past two weeks because they have looked so good when I have been shopping at Whole Foods lately.
    Nuts lead to more over eating and binge eating than anything else on the Whole30 menu, so we invite people to be cautious with them. A cup of nuts can be about 1000 calories, so eating nuts several times per day can easily increase your calorie intake above daily needs. We highly recommend they never be used as a snack, but used as an ingredient in a meal as a way of boosting fat content. My favorite use of nuts is to add a closed handful of nuts to a stir-fry of chopped onion, fresh greens, and pulled roast or ground meat with a handful of dried cranberries. The nuts are especially helpful when cooking with a low-fat protein like ground turkey to give the overall meal enough fat.
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    elle_croft reacted to Kirsteen in What does "some fruit" and "nuts sparingly" mean to you?   
    Elle, I like your attitude. Yes, the W30 discourages snacking or suggests a mini meal instead and fruit is best served with a meal but it's also a massive learning curve. As long as we're sticking to compliant foods and not eating anything noncompliant we don't have to get the rest perfect right at the beginning. Sometimes we babystep our way there Sometimes trying to be too perfect right away just stops all progress.
    Robin made a brilliant post here http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/5580-dont-over-think-this/ I particularly love this bit You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30.
    Yes by all means aim to cut down on too much fruit but, as you say, if it's a choice between a banana and a bar of chocolate, the banana is definitely the right choice. good luck and let us know how you're doing by day 10
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Kirsteen in What does "some fruit" and "nuts sparingly" mean to you?   
    I'm on day 4 and relying a bit more on nuts than I'd like to - but at this stage I'm trying to just get through the sugar cravings and hunger without cheating. I think by about day 10 when (hopefully) I'm feeling more sated I'll try to cut down. Today, for example, I had a handful of almonds and a handful of blackberries as part of my breakfast - I don't plan to have any more fruit or nuts but if I get to the point where I either reach for a banana or a bar of chocolate, I'll choose the banana.
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    elle_croft got a reaction from Kirsteen in What does "some fruit" and "nuts sparingly" mean to you?   
    I'm on day 4 and relying a bit more on nuts than I'd like to - but at this stage I'm trying to just get through the sugar cravings and hunger without cheating. I think by about day 10 when (hopefully) I'm feeling more sated I'll try to cut down. Today, for example, I had a handful of almonds and a handful of blackberries as part of my breakfast - I don't plan to have any more fruit or nuts but if I get to the point where I either reach for a banana or a bar of chocolate, I'll choose the banana.
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    elle_croft reacted to Kaleena in My Frisky Hubby   
    Agreed. My husband and I have always had a healthy sex life but it has definitely been taken up a few (okay, many notches) in these past few weeks. We flaked out on plans over the weekend He's definitely losing weight and I'm feeling more confident. Woot
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    elle_croft reacted to Krista Billows Rodriguez in Struggling   
    What was the incident? Was it a hunger thing, i.e. not planning enough food? Was it a social setting? A stress response? Boredom? Anger? It's hard to say without knowing more about what happened.
    As far as starting anew, just do it. Today, not tomorrow, right this minute. Doesn't matter what you ate before this minute, it only matters what you eat after you decide you're in. If you haven't cleared out the house of temptations, do it. If you haven't planned a menu, do. Don't worry about planning every little meal, but make a list of five W30 complaint meals and write them down. Make sure you have good healthy ingredients in your fridge. The old saying if you fail to plan you plan to fail is never truer than on a W30. It takes work, but YOU ARE WORTH THE EFFORT!!! I've seen so many restart threads, you are not alone, you are not the only person who got side lined by whatever food it was you consumed. And really only you know why you ate it. But it doesn't need to define you. If you're ready for this and you're serious about changing your life and improving your health then pick yourself up, dust yourself off and just jump back in.
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    elle_croft reacted to Christy Pearce in Anyone starting Monday the 15th?   
    My husband and I are starting today, it'll be both our first times!
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    elle_croft reacted to Ktpickett in Anyone starting Monday the 15th?   
    Day 2 is nearly done and I'm feeling good. Not as hungry as I expected. I packed super big lunches yesterday and today but didn't finish them. I perhaps foolishly decided at the last minute to cut out coffee this month, too. We'll see how long it lasts, though. I had a killer headache yesterday which I'm attributing to the lack of caffeine. I made Bora Bora Fireballs (from the Well Fed cookbook) last night for dinner and LOVED THEM. I brought left overs for lunch today. I realize I didn't purchase enough veggies for the week so I had my husband swing by the store for some tonight and I'll probably go to the store tomorrow for more. I didn't realize when I purchased prosciutto over the weekend that it had sugar in it. I might still use it for my husband. Or just have it tonight so I can then let the sugar get out of my system. I'm doing so good without cravings or anything, though so I don't want to tempt myself.
    Here's to a great third day tomorrow!